Monday, March 3, 2014

And the Oscar for Best Buyer goes to...

As the stars of Hollywood descend upon Los Angeles this weekend to be showered with Oscars, peruses the A-listers' homes to dish out its own awards. Who is the best house-hunter in showbiz? And, perhaps more importantly, who is the worst?
Best Buyer: Leonard DiCaprio
Photo: Curbed

When it comes to real estate, nobody does it quite like Leo. Fresh from his money-grabbing turn in The Wolf of Wall Street, the A-list star isn't afraid to splash the cash in real life, with The Desert Sun reporting that he snapped up a six-bedroom SoCal estate. The property, designed in 1963 for Dinah Shore, makes for a stunning 7,022 square-foot pad. 

The price tag, though, is the award-worthy part: if the rumours are true, Leo spent $5.23 million on the house, only a couple of months after selling his Malibu home for $17.35 million. Saving money without scrimping on style? Leo may have been nominated for Oscars four times without victory, but he's winning at real estate. In our book, that's all that matters.

Best Movie Home: The Wolf of Wall Street
Photo: Yacht Charter Fleet

Not content with winning's top prize, The Wolf of Wall Street continues to storm the real estate awards with not one but two as-seen-on-screen properties. The three-bedroom Midtown penthouse owned by Jordan Belfont in the movie went up for sale this year for $6.5 million, offering in exchange a breathtaking view across the city from three sides. 

The show was stolen, though, by Lady M, the yacht that DiCaprio's character flaunts in the face of the FBI. The 144.36-foot-long party boat may not be as glossy as it appears on the big screen, but it boasts five bedrooms and a jacuzzi. The price tag? $125,000 per week. 

Best Tent: Miley Cyrus

Mark Wahlberg almost scooped the Best Real Estate Accessory gong with his "traditional home" completewith its own water park. but he was pipped to the post by Miley Cyrus. The star of So Undercover, Hannah Montana: The Movie and Bolt may not be up to much at this weekend's ceremony, but makes up for it with her purchase of a $25,000 tent - the kind of extravagance that defines a world-class Hollywood diva.

Most Dramatic Couple: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson

The young stars of Twilight may not be Oscar-nominated yet, but the pair have generated more column inches combined that most of this year's award contenders. The pair split last year following a fling between Kristen Stewart and Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, giving newspapers and magazines a whole heap to gossip about, but also leaving their old love nest on the market. The stunning LA home was sold in January this year, treating its new owner to three bedrooms, three bathrooms, beautiful views over Los Feliz and one hell of a Hollywood history to share at dinner parties.

Worst Seller: Michael Jordan
Photo: WENN (via The Daily Mail)

Space Jam fans were disappointed this month when rumours of a sequel to the part-animated basketball hit were seemingly quashed by Warner Bros. Michael Jordan, though, has suffered even greater disappointments in the past 12 months, as he has repeatedly failed to slam dunk the sale of his Chicago mansion. The Chicago Bulls legend listed his property in February 2012 for $29 million but struggled to find a buyer, prompting the NBA champion to put the house under the hammer: a chance for bargain hunters to get their hands on a home with no fewer than 19 bathrooms and its own competition-ready basketball complex. The auction timed out, though, leaving Jordan with no clear shot at a sale. 

To top it off, his ex-wife Juanita is facing equal difficulty trying to sell their former petnhouse, recently chopping $300,000 off the asking price to take it to a round $4 million. On the plus side, the Space Jam website still exists.

Best Mobile Home: Will Smith

Angelina Jolie almost stole all of our hearts when she reportedly bought a romantically-shaped island for hubby Brad Pitt, producer of this year's Best Picture nominee 12 Years a Slave, but the private getaway was trumped by that of another Academy Award veteran: Will Smith.
The twice-nominated star of Men in Black 3 wowed members of the public this year when he granted us a look inside his mobile home. The two-storey trailer, which is his home from home while on set, is more of a tank than a caravan, expanding to include a custom kitchen, dining area and even a large TV.
For design and sheer ridiculousness alone, it wins all the awards.

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